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Old 04-26-2020, 07:34 AM
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Default Best way to ship unbuilt kits?

Looking for advice... what is the best way to ship a Top Flite GS kit (unbuilt, in its original box) from South Carolina to Nashville? UPS? FedEx? I believe the package will weigh about 30 lbs.

thanks, Rick

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You can have good or bad results from either. I would put an extra layer of good cardboard around it to stiffen it up and go UPS.

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If the kit has a lot of dead airspace, pack it full of crumpled newspaper. The more solid you can get the box, the better. Swing by an appliance store and grab a big box. I lay them out flat, place the kit on the cardboard and "roll" the kit to determine the size of the overwrap piece. Cut that out, fold it over the box and tape securely. Do NOT tape it to the box or the buyer might be upset. I'd allow a couple inches overlap so you tape across the corners. Then use the wrapped box to trace endcaps on the cardboard, cut out and tape in place. Shipped dozens of kits like this and never had a damaged shipment.
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Thanks for the suggestions, guys. We chose FedEx ground. The sender used a big box from Uhaul as an outer box, cut down to fit. Arrived in 3 days in perfect condition, total cost $74 including insurance. I'm happy.
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Nothing gets me going than spending over $400 on a kit and having it shipped in it's original box slapped with a shipping label on it. When you spend that kind of money, especially in times like this, you expect kits to double boxed.

Target sells shipping boxes for 99 cents each and shipping tape for under $3. All you have to do is cut to size!

I always ask first before I bid or buy any kit I'm interested in how it will be shipped. Any good seller will know to double box. PA lot of kits these days are discontinued and most of us like to collect and preserve the boxes.

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